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Ofsted Confirms a Good Day for Central

Greater OneCongratulations to all staff and students – our most recent Ofsted report is out today (23 February) and Central is now officially a “good” college.

The College was awarded grade 2s in every area by inspectors who confirmed that it has made significant progress since its last inspection in 2014.

Ofsted reported the reasons the College is good include:

  • The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good across all locations and programme types
  • Managers have developed a range of programmes that is very well matched to regional and national priorities
  • Staff provide a broad range of additional activities that help expand the horizons of learners and apprentices and develop their personal and social skills
  • Safeguarding practice is exemplary
  • The College has a welcoming culture and there is a wide range of support to help students overcome any difficulties they may have

Central College was formed in 2012 and enrols around 20,000 students each year at over ten sites across the City. It offers courses from entry level through to degree level courses for school leavers and apprentices but also has a considerable adult education offer and works with around 1200 local businesses providing employee training. Recent results indicate success rates have improved year on year and 93% of students go onto employment or into further study after completing their course. Ofsted noted that students have very positive attitudes to learning and are well prepared for progression into work and are equipped well for progression to university.

Central College Nottingham Principal Malcolm Cowgill said:

“I am so pleased for everyone at Central and in particular the staff and students who have worked so hard to achieve this result. The report contains a number of fantastic comments and I am proud to be a part of this success story.

It is particularly pleasing to hear the positive feedback on the contribution we make to students and employers and the support we provide to the economic and social needs of Nottingham. We have worked very hard to make our offer relevant to our stakeholders and ensure students can progress in education and employment. Reading the report, it is clear we are well on the path towards being an ‘outstanding’ College.”

Chair of Governors Carole Thorogood said:

“I am really pleased that the hard work of our staff, leaders and governors has been recognised during the inspection. In a city not always congratulated for the standards of education it is rewarding to be part of a good news story and to hear the behaviour, the attitude and the ambition of our students praised by Ofsted. At a time when Central and ncn are moving towards merger it is pleasing to know both colleges are regarded as Good by Ofsted and that there are strong foundations for Further Education in place locally.”

The College grading was as follows:

Effectiveness of leadership and management Good
Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good
Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good
Outcomes for learners Good
16 to 19 study programmes Good
Adult learning programmes Good
Apprenticeships Good
Provision for learners with high needs Good

You can view the full Ofsted report here